Our first new Class 195 train has arrived into the UK.
The diesel train arrived into Portbury, Bristol by ship from Spain on Monday 25 June and will be transported by lorry to Merseyside for finishing work over the next few weeks before it enters testing on the UK rail network.
The £500m of new trains are being built by CAF and leased to Northern. The trains are the highlight of Northern’s modernisation plans, which also include removing Pacer trains, refurbishing all existing trains to a high standard, better stations and more services by 2020.
The new trains will boast a level of specification that will set new standards for local rail in the North, including air conditioning, at seat power sockets, free Wi-Fi, and an electronic seat reservation system. All new trains will be fully accessible.
Mary Kenny, CEO at Eversholt Rail, said “As owners of this new fleet of Class 195 trains, we are excited about moving into the next phase of the project and look forward to working together with our partners Northern and CAF on the UK commissioning and testing of these new trains.”
Ben Ackroyd, Engineering Director at Northern, said: “Getting the train onto UK soil is a major milestone in our modernisation programme.
“Northern’s engineering and operations teams have worked hard to produce a design that will deliver a real improvement in our customers’ on-board experience. I’m excited to see the first of them go into service at the end of the year.”